Ontario’s AstraZeneca waiting period may be lowered: experts
Published June 11, 2021 at 8:28 pm
Speculation began Friday night that Ontario will lower the 12-week wait time for people whose first COVID-19 vaccine was an AstraZeneca jab.
Such a policy change would be welcome for residents of Mississauga and Brampton, as well as other cities with relatively young workforces in the construction and service sectors. Both Mississauga and Brampton have been prioritized for second dose vaccines due to being delta variant hotspots, although Hamilton has not despite having a high positivity rate.
Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie and Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown and their counterparts in other cities have said that the 12-week waiting period leaves essential workers at risk. Both they and doctors have pointed out that a person who has only one dose is more likely to contract COVID-19, and possibly spread it to others while being asympomatic, than someone who has received their second dose.
Both Brown and Crombie wrote to the government on Friday asking for the interval to be cut to eight weeks.
I’m proud of Ontarians who took #AstraZeneca to help curb the 3rd wave. It’s only fair we give them the same protection as everyone else.
— Bonnie Crombie ?? (@BonnieCrombie) June 11, 2021
Wrote the @ONgov with a request to make #mRNA 2nd doses available in #DeltaVariant hot spots after 8 weeks rather than the current 12 week period for those that got #AZ. Our residents shouldn’t be disadvantaged because they stepped up & took their first vaccine available to them. pic.twitter.com/d3X5HcshYf
— Patrick Brown (@patrickbrownont) June 11, 2021
On Friday night, two infectious diseases experts with large Twitter followings, Dr. Isaac Bogoch and Dr. Ryan Imgrund, said they expect the 12-week interval will be shortened. Cheri DiNovo, a prominent former Ontario NDP MPP, also suggested that a “drastic shortening” is in the works.
Bogoch serves on Ontario’s COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force. Imgrund is a biostatistician with 67,600 Twitter followers. Both shared email correspondences with Dr. Kieran Moore, the incoming Chief Medical Officer of Health for Ontario.
— Isaac Bogoch (@BogochIsaac) June 11, 2021
— Cheri DiNovo (@CheriDiNovo) June 11, 2021
— Ryan Imgrund (@imgrund) June 11, 2021
This is what a CMOH is supposed to do. Listen. Engage. Respect. Respond. Thank you Dr. Kieran Moore for standing up for science & people. You can actually do both. And thanks @melissatadeson too! https://t.co/ZPqHDPkJZ6
— Abdu Sharkawy (@SharkawyMD) June 12, 2021
All other jurisdictions in Canada have an eight-week waiting period for AstraZeneca recipients. Ontario’s present policy is 12 weeks regardless of which vaccine a person wants for their second dose.
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